ANAHEIM, Calif. —
There was a sense of excitement in the air for multiple reasons as Informa Markets Engineering West kicked off Aug. 10 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Not only was it one of the first large-scale trade shows to return to the U.S. market, but it was also the first major trade show to be held at the Anaheim Convention Center, where it has been a staple for 30 years. Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu presided over a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by top executives from both organizations.
Informa Markets Engineering West is the leading advanced-design and manufacturing expo, bringing together established manufacturing show brands Medical Device & Manufacturing West (MD&M), WestPack, Automation & Technology Expo (ATX) West, Plastec West, Pacific Design & Manufacturing (D&M) and CannPack. This year’s show attracted world leaders in smart manufacturing and 3D printing to its Design. Engineer. Build. Conference, which took place August 10-12.
“We are so excited to be back in Anaheim, where we’ve been serving the industry for more than 30 years,” Hayley Haggarty, Group Event Director, Informa Markets, said. “This event is so much more than an expansive show floor and hundreds of meetings held over three days; it’s a show dedicated to discovering innovation and connecting the latest technology disrupters with manufacturers who can bring critical innovations to life.”
On a large scale, the show also brings much-needed revenue to both the exhibitors and the host city after a devastating year. “Trade shows generate $325 billion in business sales and create 1.3 million jobs annually,” Nancy Walsh, President, Informa Markets, said. “It’s a much bigger and more important industry than people tend to think. Eighty-five percent of our customers are also small- and medium-sized businesses who can’t afford not to do business. While we are thrilled to be back on the show floor for so many reasons, one of the biggest is that we are providing economic recovery for so many industries and stimulating new business sales to help get them back on track in the wake of the pandemic.